San Diego Authorizes Completion of $1.2 Million Crystal Pier Restoration

City Council authorizes final payment on work on historic pier

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to finish a $1.2 million restoration of the historic Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach before summer begins.

The City Council authorized the final $750,000 needed for immediate structural repairs on the city-owned portion of the pier, which was constructed in the 1920s.

"Pacific Beach's Crystal Pier is an iconic landmark and popular vacation destination," Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said in a statement. "With today's action, the city is investing in structural improvements to not only enhance the safety of the pier, but to allow the pier to be enjoyed by millions of visitors and locals for years to come."

The pier is owned jointly by the city and the Crystal Pier Hotel. The city will be repairing or replacing timber piles, pile caps, joists and bracing. The hotel will pay for work on its portion.

The project will use replacement materials that will preserve the historic aesthetics of the pier, and is expected to be done by Memorial Day, according to Zapf’s office.

It may necessitate the removal and storage of cottages and underwater work to replace deteriorated piles.

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